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Actor
    (October 13, 1936-September 5, 2002)
    Born in Queens, New York
    Birth name was Joel Joshua Goldberg
    Portrayed Emory in the stage (1968) and film (1970) versions of ‘The Boys in the Band’
    Won a Tony for portraying Lenny Bruce in ‘Lenny’ (1972)
    Also appeared in the films ‘Cops and Robbers’ (1973), ‘Rosebud’ (1975), ‘An Unmarried Woman’ (1978), ‘All That Jazz’ (1979), ‘The Bunker’ (TV movie, 1981), ‘Hoffa’ (1992), ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ (1999), and ‘King of the Jungle’ (2001)
    Also appeared on Broadway in ‘Chapter Two’ (1977-79), ‘Doubles’ (1985-86), and ‘Social Security’ (1986-87)
    Despite his Tony, he was passed over in favor of Dustin Hoffman when ‘Lenny’ was adapted into a film.
    Turner Classic Movies described his typical roles as ‘tough, loud-mouthed and somewhat sleazy cops and crooks, or overly confident and rather obnoxious studs who aren't as attractive as they think.’
    He sported a thick New York accent no matter where the character he portrayed came from.
    He was a member of Jerome Robbins’ American Theater Laboratory.
    He won an Obie (the off-Broadway equivalent of a Tony) for ‘The Boys in the Band.’
    He and his wife Gayle cared for ‘Boys in the Band’ castmate Robert La Tourneaux in the last few months of his battle with AIDS.
    Perhaps to make up for not using him in ‘Lenny,’ director Bob Fosse cast him in ‘All That Jazz’ as a Dustin Hoffman-esque actor playing a Lenny Bruce-ish comedian in a film helmed by a Bob Fosse-like director.

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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